An Bord Pleanála says proposed development ‘will differ materially’ from that which was initially planned
Aer Lingus has been granted leave to appeal plans by Ryanair for a €40m aircraft hangar at Dublin Airport. Fingal County Council approved the development last December.
The airline, part of the IAG group that also owns British Airways, Vueling and Iberia, hadn’t originally submitted an observation to the council within the time required to do so after Ryanair submitted its planning application in May last year. That meant it had to seek permission to appeal the planning decision.
The new hangar is expected to provide maintenance for hundreds of Ryanair aircraft every year and will employ about 200 engineers and mechanics. The airline has previously said the new hangar would be “state-of-the-art” and “one of the most environmentally-friendly” in Europe.
The planned hangar will be able to accommodate four Boeing 737 aircraft at any one time. Ryanair will use the facility to undertake so-called A-checks – such as changing filters, lubricating systems and inspecting emergency equipment – as well as landing gear changes and component replacements.
The new hangar is expected to provide predicted, planned maintenance for about 400 jets a year, unplanned maintenance for about 60 aircraft and unplanned maintenance lasting more than nine hours for about 100 aircraft.
Ryanair has previously told the council that the planned new maintenance facility on a near two-hectare site that will be provided by Dublin Airport Authority is consistent with the Fingal Development Plan.
After the council approved revised plans for the hangar in December, Aer Lingus applied for leave to appeal the decision.
An Bord Pleanála said it is granting the leave because the proposed development “will differ materially” from that which was initially planned. It noted that one of the planning conditions will also “materially affect” Aer Lingus’ enjoyment of the land adjoining the site where the hangar will be built, or “reduce the value of the land”.
Aer Lingus director of corporate affairs Niall Timlin had told An Bord Pleanála that if Ryanair proceeded with its plan, Aer Lingus would be restricted in terms of aircraft leaving and entering its own hangar 6 and in terms of aircraft leaving and entering hangar 6 and parking jets on the adjacent apron.
Ryanair has previously claimed that Aer Lingus’ effort to appeal the hangar development is an attempt to “limit competition and job creation” at Dublin Airport.